Be among the first visitors to set foot in this relatively new and intriguing holiday destination. Wondrous sights include thousands of sparkling pagodas, centuries old golden Buddha images and the incredible floating gardens of Inle Lake.
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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES
- Return flights from Heathrow with Thai Airways and internal flights
- 9 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
- 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
Included holiday highlights
- Sunset visit to the spectacular golden Shwedagon Pagoda
- Tour of Bagan, known as the 'city of four thousand pagodas'
- Dinner in a restaurant in Bagan with traditional puppet show
- Visit the busy market at Nyaung Oo and its neighbouring villages
- Explore the cultural city of Mandalay
- Cruise the great Ayeyarwaddy River to the village of Mingun
- Pindaya orientation walk to Botoloke Lake (evening)
- Visit the intriguing Pindaya Caves, containing thousands of Buddha images
- See spectacular sights on a private motorboat trip on Inle Lake
- Inle Lake tour, including a Shan picnic lunch in a bamboo forest
- Experience Yangon, the former capital of Burma
Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.
Dates and Prices
THU 15 NOV 18
Thursday 15 November 2018
09:10 London (Heathrow)
06:05 Singapore (Changi)
Friday 16 November 2018
07:55 Singapore (Changi)
09:20 Yangon (Mingaladon)
Sunday 25 November 2018
17:35 Yangon (Mingaladon)
22:10 Singapore (Changi)
Sunday 25 November 2018
23:45 Singapore (Changi)
05:55 London (Heathrow)
Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.
Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.
By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.
Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change. The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.
Bagan - Sunset cruise including cocktail
You will be driven late in the afternoon to the jetty where a private wooden river boat awaits you. Sitting either under the shade or on the open-deck you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River. You’ll cruise past several small villages, fishermen, local boats and of course many of the ubiquitous Myanmar Buddhist temples. The views of Bagan from the river are particularly spectacular and offer a different perspective from the land based tours. As you finish your delicious and refreshing cocktail and the sun begins to sink slowly from view, you will prepare to disembark before being driven back, greatly relaxed, to your hotel for the evening. The perfect end to a busy day of sightseeing in Bagan!
Evening excursion - Minimal walking - Scenic
Inle Lake - Serene Sunrise on Inle Lake
Get up early this morning and travel in the pre-dawn light out onto Inle Lake. At a scenic spot, the boat driver will turn off the engine and a mug of hot tea or coffee will be served to you whilst you enjoy the sunrise over the lake. At this tranquil time of day you will be privileged to have the lake almost free of visitors, with local fishermen and market vendors being the main people out at this hour. Continue through a local village to see the morning activities of the lake’s residents as they prepare for their day and then return to your hotel for breakfast. (Note: temperatures may be very cold from October – March. A blanket will be provided however we recommend dressing accordingly).
Early morning excursion – Minimal walking - unforgettable
Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:
Golden Burma with Ngwe Saung Add-on
Extend your holiday to 16 days from £399
Oct 2018 - Nov 2018 DeparturesWhy not extend your holiday with a relaxing stay beside the beautiful white beaches of Ngwe Saung after your Burma holiday. You will stay in a hotel such as the 4-star Eskala Ngwe Saung for three nights, with one night in Yangon before you depart for the UK. Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis. Your hotel features a pool, and guest rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager.
At the Shwedagon Pagoda I recommend that you put your camera aside and immerse yourself in the splendour of this special place.
Travelsphere Cares: Donate a Fishing Boat
Travelsphere made a huge difference in Burma to one family’s future by donating a fishing boat and nets through its Travelsphere Cares initiative.
Throughout 2015, Travelsphere made donations to a fund for each booking we received on our Golden Burma holiday.
“Our local agent in Burma met with the village elders of Kay Le Village on Inle Lake and asked who should receive the fishing boat that Travelsphere had purchased. We wanted to ensure that the boat and fishing nets would really make a difference. It was a unanimous decision to give the boat to the family of U Sein Pei,” said Tracey McKinnon, Travelsphere’s Group Operations Director.
U Sein Pei’s wife passed away two years ago and he has two young children, so thanks to the fishing boat and nets he can now provide for his family.
“It is so rewarding that we have been able to make a difference to a whole family through our Travelsphere Cares initiative. I would like to thank all of our customers who have helped in this success through travelling to Burma and experiencing this wonderful country for themselves,” added Tracey.
Travelsphere customers on one particular Golden Burma tour enjoyed a change to their tour itinerary when they were invited to the home of U Sein Pei.
U Sein Pei welcomed Travelsphere customers to his house where they were served with local tea, rice crackers and tea leaf salad, before being given a tour of the new fishing boat to see first-hand what a difference they had made.
Travelsphere Cares is an initiative which means as a company, Travelsphere is able to give something back to the communities which are so welcoming to all of the guests that travel with us.
Tour Blog by Yvette
Tour Manager, Yvette, led a recent Travelsphere tour to Burma and wrote a blog about her experiences. Find out what Yvette thought of this fascinating country below...
When you think of Burma, or Myanmar as it is now known, you think of temples and pagodas but there really is so much more to the country than that. A country as diverse as its people, in fact Burma has 135 ethnic tribes, is rich in history and much of it being made right now with the more open democracy it is trying to encourage. Burma has been boycotted for so many years and now people are keen to discover this golden gem. So what does Burma have to offer its visitors?
Tours generally start with sunset at the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and that really does offer a jaw dropping entrance. Shwe means ‘gold’ in Burmese and it’s a word that pre-fixes most of the names of the temples and pagodas that we see. As the sun sets on the Shwe Dagon pagoda, and local people going there for prayer, I like to think that this is Burma inviting you to savour more of the country.
The next stop on our tour is Bagan and although Mandalay is the place that people are looking forward to the most - thanks largely to Rudyard Kipling - it is Bagan that surprises everybody. With over 3,500 stupors and an early morning mist, the scene is set for one of awe! I usually like to take groups to a nice high point to give a panoramic perspective of the countryside surrounding Bagan on arrival. It’s the countryside around the town that is also the most appealing. We sample local country life with a trip to the morning market, followed by a little trip out to one of the villages to see the oxen ploughing the fields and laquerware being made in the workshops.
No trip to Bagan would be complete without a trip at the end of the day down the Irrawaddy River at sunset sampling the locally made rum sour!
Our next stop is Mandalay and whilst people’s expectations of the city are high, it is the surrounding area of Mandalay that is the most interesting. Considered to be one the holiest cities in Myanmar, it has the highest concentration of Buddhist monasteries in the country, a visit to the city would not be complete without a little look at monastic life.
Close to the city is also one of Myanmar’s gems - and for me always a highlight to visit - and that is the iconic Ubein Bridge. 1.2km long and made of teak, it is one of the longest wooden bridges in the world but it is the daily life commute that also makes it such a delight to visit. We take small boats out to watch the sun set with commuting monks traversing the bridge, cast in silhouette that has made it one of the country’s most photographed icons, and it’s not hard to see why!
After Mandalay, it is a bus trip up to Pindaya. A small village quite literally off the beaten track that, again holds one of the country’s little surprises. The little Inn where we stay has some of the best food in the country and dinner is always a cosy affair! The cave at Pindaya offers yet another surprise. Written in the itinerary, it says there are over 8,000 Buddha images but they aren’t pictures as one expects; they are statues. 8,000 statues in a variety of different shapes and sizes!
We then head off to Heho on our tour, at the edge of Inle Lake. Inle Lake, like much of Burma, is a photographer’s paradise with the beautiful natural light that the lake offers. The lake has been made famous these days by the fisherman who control the conical nets with their feet. Whilst it has to be said that these days they fish more for tourists than for fish, it is certainly still a popular way of life on the lake for the local people.
For colour, a trip to the 5 day market is always a highlight on the lake and is held in a different town on the lake on a 5 day rotation. This is the ideal time for some shopping. The Shan State, where Inle Lake is situated, is one of the most colourful places in the country - largely due to the local people dressing in their brightly coloured head scarves. Local people travel far and wide to shop and bring produce to the market and time spent here is always welcomed by the group.
Perhaps, one of the last highlights of the tour, is a picnic lunch in the bamboo forest of Indein. A BBQ prepared in the forest and served on skewers in coconuts is another of the surprises that we offer on this tour and groups are often amazed by the quality of the food prepared and served in the forest.
With a country so diverse, and offering so many highlights, groups often struggle to say which bit was actually their favourite. They arrive with ideas of how they imagine modern Myanmar to be and all are surprised how culturally rich and diverse it actually is and of course no visit to Burma would be complete without mentioning the local people that we come into daily contact with. All of whom are friendly and welcoming making this a country so warm and rich in so many different ways.
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